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Blupa Music: “Story of a Freak” – a muscular, punchy sonic exploration

Norwegian project Blupa Music created by Geir Erland Roev aka GER has just released its second EP, entitled “Story of a Freak”.  GER is the composer, producer, mix engineer and everything in between. He is joined on the EP by UK-based drummer, Will Jones and Eric on the Flugelhorn. The EP was mastered by Sola Mastering in the US. This newest release is an excellent and diverse recording that really shows GER’s talent. Though only 4 tracks, it is a musical melting pot bouncing among a range of moods. “Story of a Freak” like most great recordings, impresses on first hearing

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Dru Paris: “With You (Alex Lustig – Light) Remix” – rides in on warm blanket of electronic sound

Dru Paris is one of the newer urban artists emerging from the streets of NYC. Inspired by the death of his brother a few years ago, Paris released the highly anticipated EP ‘Prolific’ dedicated to him. Since its inception, Paris has continued to make his own brand of new-wave hip hop and RnB. Blending new school tempo, high energy vocals and a smooth melody to match. Whenever I hear a hip-hop artist say he listens to John Mayer my ears and curiosity immediately pricks up and takes heed. And without hearing a single musical note or rapped verse, me expectations

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Sleep Keepers: “ROAR!” – the sound becomes rock art!

Alternative rock band ‘Sleep Keepers’ has released the EP “ROAR!”, which contains 4 heavy dynamic tracks with elements of dubstep, female harsh screaming vocals and cipher-filled lyrics. The Ukrainian-based Sleep Keepers, consists of drummer Toshi, straight from the heart of Japan, the guitar player Ilya, from a war zone and lead singer Talana, from the capital of Ukraine. Even with cascading riffs, powerful vocals, and bouncing choruses, “ROAR!” enlists an underlining layer of trickery. Isolating these clever moments takes many listens, but inevitably adds incredible depth to the recording. In a music industry plagued by clones and angsty teens trying

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Beau James: “Landmarks” – one of the best things to come down the pike in many a moon

From the opening track, “Broken Hearted Past”, you realize that the brand new recording by Beau James – “Landmarks” – is no ordinary EP. It is one of the best independent Americana EPs in years. It has touches of classic Americana, rock and roots flavors coupled with a polished production. Each track offers great engineering, amazing vocals and a very talented group of musicians. After listening to this EP, you’ll begin to hum the tunes, which is always a great indication of how deeply music has impacted the listener out of the blocks. The musicians along with Beau James’ spot

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Kataztrofee: “Now” – a frolicsome and effervescent type of approach!

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Eric “Victory” Johnson and Shannon “Mr. Arrogant” Speed make up the dynamic and colorful Hip-hop duo Kataztrofee. The two approach their craft with 360° vision – it’s about the art, but they know music is a business too. So they’ve built their very own music and film studio which they called ‘Trofee Styyle Studios’, and backed that up by launching the independent record label ‘Trofee Styyle Records’. They didn’t stop there though, as Johnson and Speed are involved in various other endeavors, both creative and commercial, which not only benefit themselves but also their local

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DEANA MARTIN RELEASES HER 5TH MUSICAL ALBUM – “SWING STREET”

The Road to Her Trademark of Excellence and Charm is Paved to “Swing Street” Hollywood, Calif. – World-class entertainer, vocalist, and New York Times best-selling author Deana Martin shows why she reigns as the Queen of Cool with her 5th musical album, Swing Street, available now via Big Fish Records. It is the follow-up to Martin’s 2013 top selling album, Destination Moon, a compilation of her favorite jazz and pop songs, plus a duet with her father on True Love. Swing Street features several covers of swinging classics as well as five new songs by Patrick Williams. Among the classic tunes are Bye Bye Blackbird, Georgia On My Mind, Quando, Quando, Quando, and Who’s Got The Action made

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Stig Gustu Larsen: “Lifelines + Echoes” – seamless and full of hard-hitting urgency

Stig Gustu Larsen started his professional career as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the rock band “GUSTU” who toured Europe and Asia as well as releasing two successful EP’s, including the minor hit “Love/Hate Collide”. After eight years with the band Stig took on a solo career and released his first solo EP “Finding Home” in November 2014 which debuted at number 5 on the Norwegian iTunes charts. The title song also got airtime on radio stations across the globe. Since the release of the debut record, Stig has toured all over Norway and has been invited to play

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Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “All That I Need” – Musically the duo is in a different league

The latest single by duo Roger Cole & Paul Barrere, entitled “All That I Need” is so well composed and executed that it will easily stand the test of time. It is good music through and through; clever, exciting, beautiful and moving. These guys really know what they are doing and boy can they play. Roger Cole & Paul Barrere don’t appear to be too much swayed by music fashions or commercial pressures of the music business when they record their tracks and that is one of the reasons why just about all their releases, including “All That I Need”, will

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Maverick Hill: “Mythology (The Electric Gemini Mix)” -a forward-thinking approach

To run through Maverick Hill’s curriculum would take a couple of pages suffice to say Hill was the former Promotions Manager at Prince’s Los Angeles “Grand Slam” Nightclub. He is acquainted with several celebrities such as: Mark Wahlberg, Carmen Electra, Mario Lopez, Eddie Cibrian, Kristoff St. John among others.. Maverick, who is currently busy working on new music as well as writing film scripts, takes his influences from Prince, Jeff Buckley, U2, Lenny Kravitz, 2Pac and Nine Inch Nails. Recently Maverick dropped a couple tracks that have been making waves amongst the public and along industry corridors. Two of these

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Omar Bowing: “Creature” – Rich sonic landscapes crafted with organic elements

Omar Bowing is an independent artist and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. His peculiarity is that he plays an innovative instrument called the GuitarViol which is a guitar with cello strings so it can be bowed. In this new single “Creature” featuring alongside Bowing, is Tyson Yen on vocals and Martin Motnik who plays bass guitar. The first thing that must be said about this track is that the performances given by the featured members are all absolutely awe inspiring. Omar Bowing’s song writing ability is second to none; Tyson Yen’s vocals are better than ever before; Tyson Yen is

Toya Nash: “Him…” Edgy, Raw and Impassioned

Toya Nash is a classically trained mezzo-Soprano, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in Manhattan. She is also an accomplished actress of both stage and screen and can be seen in the feature, Trapped.

Toya also founded The LANA Company, her own line of natural bath and body products, as well as being the founder of Coach Your Craft, a coaching company for voice and acting. Toya is a strong believer in giving back, and often sponsors children and teens by offering free voice and acting workshops through Coach Your Craft.

Toya Nash has just released her debut EP, Him…, and she is currently performing at various venues throughout the US.

Toya has one heck of a voice and the kind of secure yet relaxed performance style which carries the Ep through with convincing, energetic and charismatic flair. She puts so much feeling and meaning into every track, you’ll feel the words hit your chest. The passion she delivers, makes you to feel how good this music is.

The Ep has a sound all of its own. It achieves a superb balance between professional production and understated clean minimalistic sound. It’s clear, crisp and uncluttered, and the compositions are strong enough to stand proud against some of the classics of this genre. The acoustic guitar and bass riffs will probably cause a few jaws to drop too, as they are just sublime in places. Toya’s sound is rugged R&B, dipped into heartrending soul, and all spiced up with a sprinkling of pop and rock.

My absolute favorites, “No Pressure” and “Let Me In,” are edgy, raw and impassioned. This is exactly where I think Toya should be. Her handling of slowly calibrated laments, is really overwhelming. This is the sound of a gifted artist who has created an extremely accomplished piece of art.

I could use dozens of superlatives but nothing could properly express my joy over the songs on this Ep, which are both organic sounding yet very sophisticated. So what’s so good about it? Well… everything really, but most of all Toya’s voice, which goes from soft and pure, to intense and confident. Sometimes in the same song.

She sounds so authentic, so real, and so unique, while the music creates stunning backdrops for her vocal deliveries, whether languid like “No Pressure,” or upbeat and groovy on “Nobody Like You.” The songs arouse all kinds of emotions from the beginning to the end, it takes you on a musical journey that will desperately leave you wanting more.

“Him…” sums up Toya Nash’s considerable talents. She has a fantastic voice, full of emotion, and is able to relate complex feelings in a simple form. This is the mark of a true vocal artist.

Hopefully next time around, Toya will deliver us a full length album, to bathe our ears in, as the four-tracks on this Ep is just a wicked teaser!

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash

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